Grateful Dead Live at Stanley Theater on 1981-03-05
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Audience recording by Jim Wise (Sennheiser 421>D5) set up loge center; Master Cassette (playback on Nakamichi Dragon) > A/D Conversion via Sony R700 (no DAT gen) > COAX to ZA2 > Soundforge > Master CDR > CDR(1) Via Tascam cd-d4000mkII > EAC in secure mode(see below) > Soundforge > CD WAV > SHNv3 w/seek tables appended; A> D> CD Conversion by Jim Wise; CD>SHN by Jamie Lutch; QC courtesy dankseeds
- 2004-04-26 11:45:35
- Master Cassette (playback on Nakamichi Dragon) > A/D Conversion via Sony R700 (no DAT gen) > COAX to ZA2 > Soundforge > Master CDR > CDR(1) Via Tascam cd-d4000mkII > EAC> Soundforge > CD WAV > SHNv3
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Taped by
- Jim Wise
- Transferred by
- Jim Wise
- Stanley Theater
Subject: Happy 39th Anniversary!
Subject: Nice show
Jerry's guitar was on the fritz at the beginning of set 2 and they got tired of waiting for it so the rest of them just started jamming and then took that into Passenger.
A few verses of the Scarlet solo are really sublime. NFA is also damn good. The sound of this tape is excellent.
Subject: Name That Tune ?
Subject: bread crumb
Subject: To clarify......
At the beginning of set 2, Jerry had guitar issues. One of the techs flipped his guitar over on the amp and opened it up. We (as in me and our friends) started egging Bobby on to do something so he goes into this jazzy un-Dead-like jam that I've never heard before.It was totally mind blowing. They jam for about a minute and then Bob launches into Passenger. At the first guitar break, Bob puts the slide to us like nobody's business. He just rips it trying to make up for Jerry's absence. As Bob is peaking, Jerry enters, picks up his guitar and just rips it. WOW!! It was one of those thrilling Grateful Dead moments that you'll never forget. The Scarlet>Fire that follows is sublime. It's one of my favorite versions. The Playin' was a terrific version and the space>NFA was fun, fun.
This show is totally worth the d/l. THis March '81 run was a blast.
Subject: Pretty good, but gets better form here
Set 2 has a very good Scarlet>Fire with an unusual transition, as L Rosely notes - it begins very minimalist, but quietly and purposefully builds into a beautiful dream-like segue to Fire. FOTM has some hot playing, Garcia's final solo working up an especially sweet groove.
The rest of the set is fine, though not quite on the same level. PITB is interesting but the jamming doesn't have the purpose of the best versions (check out 5/11/81 for an spectacular rendition). NFA satisfies those jamming needs a bit however, sounding more like a 1974 version of the tune, with a wonderful segue into Wharf Rat. Wharf Rat itself is just OK, however.
Overall this is a pretty nice performance that is worth your time, but if you're exploring March '81 there are better places to start, like the 3/9 show just a few days after this.
Subject: The Spin on the Second Set
Subject: Disjointed roller coaster
The second set starts with a jam that was due to Jerry having guitar problems(or at least that is what I read). The jam was nothing to exciting and I kept hearing Scarlet several times. Then, all of the sudden Jerry comes blazing out of nowhere in to the best Passenger I have ever heard. Over the top shredding at warp speed here. I usually dislike(being nice) Passenger, but this one is impossible to hate. Jerry just smokes this one right to the filter and stomps on it on the way out…WHEW, that was something. Scarlet>Fire is next and it is well played. There was not really any moments where I had to double take or anything, but I enjoyed it. I think they were gonna start with Scarlett for the second set but Jerry just took over and took the into the stratosphere with Passenger. Im still talking about Passenger when I should be talking bout Scarlett>Fire. So the Jam segment is up next and it goes like this Playin’>Drums>Space>NFA>Wharf Rat>Around and Around>JBG…SO playin literally did nothing for me, kinda short and when they dropped in at about three minutes, its kinda bored me. Drums and Space were actually very short which was kinda nice. I liked NFA, it had a kinda odd yet funky tempo that really grew on me. Wharf Rat was spectacular and the highlight of this combo. Jerry reeled me right in with this one and did not disappoint. R&R and JBG were average and US blues definitely had its moments as the encore. So, second set done and show over.
My thoughts on this one as a whole? Pretty good show that could have been very much better. I am noticing a trend in the way I feel about shows we review. I find myself usually loving or hating, but sometimes there are shows I root for while listening. This is one of those shows. It has incredible highs followed by some downright boring shit. The soo good mixed with the soo boring makes for a show I would describe as disjointed. Jerry sounded unreal during the opener for the first and second set. He also sounded incredible during To Lay Me Down and Wharf Rat. Althea and Scarlett>Fire were good but not great. The rest I could kinda do without. The fail of the Jam segment really lowered this grade for me. Playin I did not like nor the rest of the Jam really, with the exception of Wharf Rat. I do not recommend this show and I give it a C-. There are many, many shows from ’81 that far exceed this one. Slightly below average grade for a show that averaged out to an below average performance.
Subject: The next show
I don't there palying anything close to Scarlet during the opening jam, but it is apparent why they would go into Passenger from that jam as stated above. But we will never know what the band was thinking!
great levels, great playing, great times.
The band came out for the Second Set, all ready to play Scarlet > Fire. Jerry's guitar suffered some type of problem & the rest of the band kept noodling off the Scarlet theme as Jerry, back to the stage, fiddled with the problem. After getting tired with the jam about 5-6 minutes in, Bob, for some seriously misguided reason, launches into Passenger without Jerry's guitar working. Early in the first instrumental, say, 20 seconds, Jerry's guitar problem thankfully gets fixed (what would they have done otherwise, bob?) At the instant the problem was solved, Jerry hit the start of the Passenger instrumental & turned around - very dramatic & you can clearly hear the place go nuts on the tape.
This of course rearranged the set into something less than conventional but quite inspired pre-drums.
Post-drums, the high level of play continued, but a disturbing trend that hung on all tour developed: Jerry not going for the brass ring. Not once, but twice, Jerry jams right to the brink of the Playin' Reprise (after both NFA & Wharf Rat - check it out) but both times he takes the easy way out & plays the comfortable, regularly scheduled tune instead. Except for 3/10/81 in MSG, this would be the norm every night of this tour despite songs trying to pop up everywhere in the jams only to be passed by.
The first set ends in a huge bang from the point the band plays our first electric To Lay Me Down in years on the East Coast & never lets up until MNS ends.
All in all, a good solid show in a great venue, but with a little extra effort after the drums in coulda been greater.
Subject: a real surprise
This show has some real treats, the Playin spacey jam is killer!
If you lookin for lost jewels this could be to your liking.
Subject: One of the better ones
Subject: Wonderful, overlooked show. A real find!
At the beginning we get a really hot Greatest Story. Even Bob's old cowboy songs sound fresh. There's a VERY sweet to Lay Me Down, during which someone yells "go, Jerry go!" referring to his singing. The band is in the zone on Tennessee Jed and Jerry cooks in Music Never Stopped. The Jerry-less jam starting set 2. I completely agree with what the previous reviewer said about Scarlet>Fire: mastery. Jerry often builds from Scarlet into Fire; here he takes the oposite approach, and pulls it off to great effect. Many Fires are repetitive vamps that go nowhere; this one is art. Next, there's a fabulous flowing Playin' jam that compares well to those of the early-to-mid '70's.
And like the early-mid 70Ã¢ÂÂs we donÃ¢ÂÂt have a long drums section: here drums-only is mercifully short, only a few minutes before the musicians come in with Space, and it's good. The three rockers at the end of the show are tight.
Listen to this show now. You'll love it.
Subject: Oops, double-posted this
Subject: I recommend this version ...
The show itself is amazing. I'm a bit biased, since it was my first show, but I could go on and on about this show. Start with the Music. It's like all first set the pressure has been building, and now it EXPLODES!!! I've never heard a version to equal this one. The Scarlet>Fire may be the all time best in terms of sheer intensity and perfection, although there are more exploratory versions (Nassau 12/1/79, for example). Jerry plays a lovely, lilting lead in Scarlet that I've never heard in another version. What's more, every solo in Fire has a flow to it, a buildup to a peak, that's just masterful. Even the jam from Scarlet into Fire has this kind of flow. Then there's the Playin' - especially the very end, where Jerry's playing by himself, a perfect set-up for the drums. Also check out the guitar duet from Not Fade into Wharf Rat - priceless. Spellbinding.
I can only give it 4 stars because of the lack of keyboard volume mentioned. Also, it is, after all, an 81 show and not a 73 jamfest or a 69 all- out aural assault. 5 stars is reserved for 2/28/69 or 10/30/73 or something.
Subject: Sorry Brendenmcualy
this is a small killer theater and not a bad recording by any stretch. Killer show, this is venue where you see that cool Steal Your Face banner and slogan outside the Theater. Old-school 1981 not a bad place to be at the time.
Subject: pooor quality
Go back 4 shows and you will se soemthing very kind at Uptown Theater.
Subject: guitar problems
Subject: finally......the Wise tapes
The show itself is INCREDIBLE! The set 2 openng jam is without Jerry, and it rages....about half way through Passenger, Jerry comes out and WAILS! The Playing in the Band is among the best(IMHO) of this era of the DEAD....
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